The end of the tunnel will be reached on Friday 11th April 2014, because that's the day that I retire !!!
Yes – after nearly three decades of putting as much as I could
afford into a pension, payout day is near. It's going to take a
couple of months to get everything sorted with annuities and
suchlike, and I can't do anything irrevocable until then. I need to
give three months notice at work, so I will be doing that just after
Christmas, and retiring on 11th April.
As you can imagine it's a bit step, and one that sneaked up on us.
In my profession (software developer) years ago it was commonplace
move from job to job quite a lot. At one time I had five jobs in two
years. Four of my employers no longer exist. So I made up my mind
that it was safer to make my own pension provisions. Everything was
going well until Gordon Brown all but destroyed our pension system. I
was on target to retire very young, but it was not to be.
I just kept making the payments and hoping for the best, wondering
whether I would actually be able to afford to retire even at 65. But
here I am, 59 years old and ready to retire. I'm delighted, and as
you might expect, Marie is doubly excited. She's ticking off the
Roll on April.